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Persuasive writing using De Bono's 6 hats

Encouraging students to draw on different thinking skill when writing critically

Kate Chislett

on 28 September 2012

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Transcript of Persuasive writing using De Bono's 6 hats

The White Hat
The white hat symbolic of
logical thinking.
The White hat asks:
What do we know?
What do we need to know?
This hat is objective in its
judgement of information. The Yellow Hat
The Yellow Hat is known as the positive hat.
It asks us:
What are the advantages?
what is attractive about this idea?
This hat gets us to deliberately be creative in a positive direction.
This hat asks us to give reasons why an idea might work. De Bono's 6 Thinking Hats The blue hat is the organizing hat.
The blue hat helps us to decide which hat we will use. We use the blue hat to think about thinking.
What are the steps we will follow?
What's next? The Yellow hat is the
hat of logic applied to
identifying benefits,
and seeking harmony. The Black Hat is the conservative hat focused on caution.
This hat asks:
What could be the problems difficulties?
What are the cautions and risks.
The black hat explains why things might not work but it always gives logical reasons. The green hat is the hat of creativity and seeing where a thought might eventually lead. The red hat is emotions -
feelings or intuitive or
instinctive gut reactions.
The red hat gives statements
of emotional feeling
(but not any justification). Once we start to understand
the types of questions that
each of these hats asks we
can start to think creatively
about our writing. Once we think about what
questions to ask we can
start to explore different perspectives and start to
write in a more informed
and rounded way. So how does this work? Let's look at an issue. Dangerous dogs must be banned! Victorian families are calling for dog owners to register their pet or get it put down. There are too many irresponsible dog owners and be it the fault of the breed or the owner we don't need dangerous dogs on our streets.

While most people want dogs that are playful and friendly, others want to own more aggressive breeds. People who want aggressive dogs to protect themselves from danger need to think about the danger they could impose on others. People with dangerous dogs become dangerous people.

In NSW, some breeds of dog like the Pit Bull are "restricted". In Victoria, which has the same kind of laws, the government is trying to make sure that it knows where aggressive dogs live and who owns them. This helps the government make sure that they are being kept properly. However it relies on people being honest about dog ownership.

Some dog owners believe that the breed of dog doesn't matter as much as how the dog is trained. All dogs are natural predators. They have sharp pointed teeth that are meant to cause damage to other living things. However, by training the dog well and letting it learn to play in a friendly way with people and other animals, dogs can become gentle and loving pets.

In conclusion, I believe that before people get an aggressive dog they must consider if they are protecting themselves or endangering others. If anyone owns such a dog they should have 100 hours of compulsory trainning. The trouble is that often aggressive people want aggressive dogs and the combination can be deadly.
(taken from Readengage) DANGEROUS
DOGS What questions do the hats
get us to ask about
dangerous dogs?

White hat ? - Arguments against Orgainise your arguements Arguments For Organise your evidence!
Link your ideas to supporting statements.
These could be based on published opinions, academic research or the experiences of eye whitnesses. THE END
now it is your turn to put your thinking caps on and get writing. What do we know about dangerous dogs?
What do we need to know about dangerous dogs?
What are the good things and the bad things?
What are the facts? Red hat -
How do we feel for the victims?
How do we feel for the dogs?
How do we feel for the owners?
How do we feel for ourselves? DANGEROUS DOGS Black hat -
Problems- Causions- Risks
Why do these accidents happen?
What could be done to stop them?
What is the problem with the current system?
What problems are created by the current solution?
Yellow hat -
Everyone who can look after a dog should be able to have one if they want.
People and dogs can live together.
The owner shapes the dog's character.
Responsible ownership is an option. Green hat - How can we do things differently?
How can dogs, owners or community members be better prepared to avoid dog attacks?
What other safety precausions could scared people have? Blue hat -
What steps do we need to follow
and what should I do next?
What is the main contention of my essay?
What evidence do I have?
What tone do I want to use?
Who is the audience?
What must I address in this essay? out of the box
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